An actual vintage dress

Actual Vintage Dress cover

If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on Instagram for a while, you’ll know I’m a big fan of vintage style and reproduction brands like Collectif and Lindy Bop. Aside from a few pieces given to me by my Mum, I don’t actually have anything that’s genuine vintage. Until now, that is. A few Sundays ago we had no roller derby training, so I met up with some friends and went for a wander around the amazing Haynes Lane market in Crystal Palace. This place is a proper hidden gem, tucked down an alleyway off a side street. Buried amongst the antiques, homeware and brick a brac are a couple of clothing stalls selling actual vintage items. This dress was marked as “circa 1970’s” and it’s by a label called Peter Barron London. As soon as I tried it on, I know I had to have it. It fits so well AND it has pockets. Win win.

Alas, my first time wearing vintage did not run smoothly. At lunchtime the top button popped off. There are only 2 buttons, so as you can imagine, this left me in a bit of a pickle. The buttons themselves are quite complex, which made matters even worse! There are no holes for a quick needle-and-thread fix. I did however manage to locate the emergency super glue in my desk drawer and rescue my outfit for the day. That’s not the end of the drama though, oh no! As I was getting undressed, I managed to pop open a fastening which keeps the waist nipped in. Luckily, this can be easily fixed, but it doesn’t bode well for my first real vintage purchase! Vintage wearing ladies – I’d love to know your experience with real vintage items. Do you find yourselves mending things a lot? Can you tell when you’re purchasing something if it’s going to hold up to a modern day lifestyle? Tell me all!

So, wardrobe malfunctions aside, let’s talk about the rest of this outfit. I wanted to keep everything else fairly simple, to focus on the amazing structure and fit of this dress. The pencil skirt, 3/4 length sleeve and nipped in waistband feel like they were tailor made for my shape. I didn’t take a close up (mental note to remember for next time!) so you can’t quite see the pattern of the dress fabric. It’s a tiny black and brown check, so I’ve kept my accessories black and brown to tie in with this muted colour scheme.

I’ve had this teddy bear coat for years and years, and was thankful for its warmth in today’s chilly weather. These dark red-brown wedges are also ancient. I love the angle of the heel, and for the height they’re actually pretty comfortable. I’ll be sad when they’re finally too worn out to wear any more! Black tights complete the look for a bit more coverage, along with a dark red beaded necklace I made ages ago. I’m glad I bought this dress, and I’m glad it’s going to be easy to mend. I’ll definitely keep an eye out for more genuine vintage pieces to pick up in future.

Dress: Vintage

Coat: New Look

Shoes: Faith

Bag: OdiLynch

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